European Chiefs Call For Single Market in Telecoms

The European Commission's annual report on the Single European Electronic Communications Market has called for a consolidation of telecoms providers.

The report advises having single telecoms market to provide a better and more competitive broadband service throughout the European Union.

Because each European nation has its own set of individual telecom regulations, there are currently inconsistencies and disparities in price and service, significantly hampering the broadband growth rate in Europe.

Commenting on the report's findings, Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: “limited progress towards a true single market is disappointing. Member states need to do more to ensure telecoms rules are properly implemented and the necessary investments in innovative services made for benefit of European consumers”.

According to the report, broadband usage across Europe is steadily increasing, but its growth rate is still far short of that in Asian markets.

According to figures in the report, the UK has one of the highest proportions of fixed broadband between 2 and 10Mbps, currently the commonest speed across the EU. It also has the lowest share of slower broadband lines, with just 1.8 per cent of users having connections of less than 2Mbps. Connections under 2Mbps represent 16.2 per cent of the market across Europe as a whole.